April 16, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

Quotes: What they’re saying

“I remember a turning point. I was helping Michelle Bernstein do a class in Macy’s in New York City. More...

Social media and the advent of ‘food porn’

Easily one of the biggest technological changes in the food industry has been the advent of high-quality cameras in smartphones, and it has spawned a whole new genre of images — “food porn.” We’ve all seen it: A relative or a More...

Interactive Earth Day celebration set for April 18

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Keep Charlotte Beautiful and Charlotte County Solid Waste Division are sponsoring an Earth Day event with more than 15 environmental groups displaying their programs or More...

NEWS IN BRIEF

Operation Green Light program offers big break to traffic tickets holders April 18 If you have an overdue Charlotte County traffic ticket, the Clerk’s office is giving you a break on collection fees for one day only. More...

Scuba diving requires training, experience

Many boaters use their boats not just for cruising or fishing, but also as a platform to launch fun water-sports activities such as swimming, snorkeling or wakeboarding. More...

Special Sections

Business News

FoodTruckin’

More cooks opting to serve their gourmet grub on wheels

The number of food trucks delivering mobile meals continues to increase in Southwest Florida and Palm Beach County, sending a business-is-good message throughout the industry. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Lonely investors find community support online

Investing is a neverending process of assessment, reassessment, and related portfolio decisions. For professional and homespun portfolio managers, the weighty task of portfolio management is always in the trenches, hard work. More...

Punta Gorda Chamber ribbon-cuttings

Galleria Antiques & Collectables More...

Honoring the life and legacy of Vernon Peeples

Vernon Peeples often used a tree as a landmark when giving directions to his Punta Gorda home. “There’s a big royal poinciana tree in the front yard,” Mr. Peeples would tell people. For decades Mr. More...

A new generation of culinary stars

Foodies of a certain age will remember Julia Child and “The French Chef.” But the cheery Mrs. Child, who was a household name, died 11 years ago. So who has filled that void? More...

Cultivating a farm-to-table trend

Consumers are better informed than ever, at least when it comes to their food and knowing where and how it was grown. That is at the heart of the farm-totable movement. And that is where The Chef’s Garden comes in. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 10 P.M. Father Brown, The Pride of Prydes The opening to the public of Pryde Castle, an estate mired in death duties, ends when the guide is struck and killed by an arrow. More...

FGCU Renaissance Academy seeks planners, instructors, course ideas

Volunteers who would like to help chart the future path of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy, a lifelong learning program, are invited to become part of a planning committee. More...

Meet (don’t eat) 2016 Spark’s food-inspired colors

What do toasted marshmallows and Kalamata olives have in common? Not only are they tasty snacks, but they’re actually the formal names of two new colors for the 2016 Chevrolet Spark. More...

Auto ingenuity pays off at Hackomotive event

An innovative peer-to-peer network that connects private car sellers to buyers secured the $20,000 grand prize at the third annual Hackomotive competition sponsored by car-buying platform Edmunds.com. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

4153 River Bank Way, Port Charlotte

This two-story home in River Club, a gated pool community, has four bedrooms with 2½ baths under a tile roof, surrounded by mature landscaping and a private back yard. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

SailTime allows members to sail without owning a boat

About 11 years ago, Chicago residents Dave and Leesa Thompson decided they wanted to take up sailing. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Love and loss and living life

Blythe Danner reflects on her latest role as she heads to Sarasota Film Festival

Life is full of change. And anyone who’s lived any amount of time knows that life’s not only full of unexpected joys but inevitable losses. More...

Exploring Punta Gorda’s green ‘steam-punk’ artists

Earth Day is April 22 and “go green” is the cry heard more and more these days. More...

When opportunity knocks, local author, playwright answers

When he was 10 years old, David Abraham contracted polio. He spent a year in the hospital fighting for his life, and two years after that fighting to walk again. More...